Thursday, May 24, 2012


It seems that after 7 years, a new house will need work.  Ours is 7.5 years old in June.  As I write this, sheets of plastic hang from the ceiling and doorways to keep in the white dust and scrapings as we are having some ceiling work done where the mastic? tape has separated, leaving cracks in the paint on top of it..

It also seems that 7 years in the attic turns a sealed ceiling paint can into a brick.  Happily, the label was still legible and I visited Sherwin Williams to get a replacement.

Can you imagine what a little 13 week old puppy would do if he saw that hanging plastic?  I can.  He won't.

Monday, May 14, 2012


Our dog is a rock star!  People driving by when we walk stop to see him.  People in Petsmart go nuts - it seems like everybody wants to pet him or hold him.  I don't know if it's puppyhood or being a Golden Retriever pup or what, but the dog has something going.

I saw it once before.  When I worked in Montreal, there was a sales guy I became friendly with - Louis Pasquin.  Louie in the mid 70s looked like Robert Redford at his good-looking-est.  Louie and I would go eat lunch together and the noisy restaurant/s would noticeably get quiet when we walked in.  Sadly, I know it wasn't MY appeal.  Louie was a rock star.  Women just melted.  Call it charisma or just exceptional good looks, but there was something happening - something foreign to my world.  (an aside: Louie was a kind heart too.  I am sorry we've lost touch as the winds of broadcasting blew me away.)

Come to think of it, I saw it in Pittsburgh, too.  Crowded bar.  Sexy secretary (from the radio station) had gone to the ladies room.  Someone had come over to talk to me and I said - you won't believe this, but there's a woman in the rest room and when she comes out, the room is going to react.  This was met with disbelief.  Then she came out.  And the noise level went immediately way down as she was being checked out.  A friend once spotted her ACROSS the stadium at 3 Rivers!  She had something magnetic.

Back to Chester.  He's growing like a weed.  It will be interesting to see if he outgrows this attention.

That's Hedgehog's butt, by the way.

Friday, May 04, 2012

DUMB IN PETSMART I go into Petsmart to get some toys for the new pup.  And I figure I need a plush thing and a squeaky and a bone.  I pick up a maybe 5 inch long bone and proceed to the counter. The place is crowded. A line forms just like that behind me.  I happen to notice - the bone is $27.95.  Huh?  Naaa.  Yes!  I bought my pup a hunk of elk horn.  I was too embarrased to take it back.  They're probably roadside in Wyoming, antlers everywhere.  $27.95  The pup says it's as good as a bone.